City of Reno

Staff Report

Staff Report (For Possible Action): Presentation, update and potential direction to staff on the proposed Motel Improvement Team (MIT).


Department:Police DepartmentSponsors:


  1. Printout
  2. MIT Presentation (1) RPD

Recommendation and Proposed Motion

Recommendation:  Staff recommends acceptance of the staff report.


Proposed Motion:  I move to approve staff recommendation.

Staff Report Formal Body

Summary: In an effort to improve neighborhood disorder issues and the quality of life for those living in and around Reno area motels, the Reno Police Department is establishing the Motel Improvement Team (MIT).  The City Council presentation will outline the concept of operation for the establishment of the team.


Background: The Motel Improvement Team concept was loosely developed from the former Motel Interdiction Team that was disbanded as a result of the economic downturn.  In its new configuration, the MIT will narrowly focus on a Community Oriented Policing and Problem-Solving approach to improve the environment in and around Reno motels.


Discussion:  The mission of the Motel Improvement Team is to change the environment in and around each motel in order to create a safe, thriving, healthy and law-abiding neighborhood through a joint partnership with Code Enforcement, other City of Reno Departments and social services agencies in the region. The team will be oriented around the goals of reducing criminal activity and calls for service at motels, establishing relationships with motel owners and managers, addressing unfit living conditions and the creation of a crime free motel program.    


Financial Implications: Ongoing funding of the resources approved in the Fiscal Year (FY) 17/18 budget.


Legal Implications: None at this time.



Meeting History

Nov 15, 2017 12:00 PM Video Reno City Council & Redevelopment Agency Board Joint Regular


Jason Soto, Reno Police Chief, presented the staff report announcing the addition of their Motel Improvement Team (MIT).

Lieutenant Joe Robinson presented an overview of the MIT.

Mayor Schieve called for public comment.

Eddie Floyd, 4001 South Virginia Street #7, representing the Motel Association, spoke in opposition to the program. He believes that motel owners are providing needed services.

Betty Bishop, 4867 Ravello Drive, Sparks, representing ACTIONN and St. Vincent de Paul, spoke in support of the program due to the condition of motels. She also expressed concerns regarding the cost of requiring kitchenette facilities.

Sam Dehne, Reno resident, presented his views on this issue.

Cindy Carano, online public comment, spoke in support of the program.

Judith Hein, 7493 Celeste Drive, presented a public comment form in support of the program with reservations about the costs of kitchenette facilities, but did not wish to speak.

Larry Buchanan presented online public comment, but was undecided about his position on the issue and did not wish to speak.

MOVER:Naomi Duerr, Councilmember
SECONDER:Oscar Delgado, Councilmember
AYES:Hillary Schieve, Jenny Brekhus, Naomi Duerr, Oscar Delgado, Paul McKenzie, Neoma Jardon, David Bobzien